Indianapolis, IN -- Almost a month has passed since tornadoes caused a path of destruction through southeast and central Indiana. Since the Presidential disaster declaration of September 25, more than $3 million has been made available to assist in the recovery of thousands affected by the devastating weather events of that late September Friday afternoon.
A total of $2,733,329 in grants and low-interest loans have been approved for 524 of the 1,671 Indiana residents who have applied for disaster assistance and $318,687 has been obligated for other individual assistance programs, according to figures released today by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Indiana State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).
Those who suffered damages or loss from the tornadoes and severe storms of September 20 can still apply for assistance by calling the FEMA toll-free application number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with a speech or hearing impairment can call TTY 1-800-462-7585. Both lines are open 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (EST) seven days a week. The deadline to apply for assistance is November 25.
Local, state and federal recovery officials and voluntary organizations have combined efforts to assist victims of the severe weather in putting their lives back together. This is a summary of recovery activities as of close of business October 16:
- 1,671 Applications have been received
- 331 Disaster housing grants approved, totaling $270,294 which includes 266 temporary rental assistance grants, totaling $162,126 and 65 grants issued for emergency essential repairs, totaling $108,168
- 58 SBA low-interest loans approved, including 54 home/personal property and 4 business/economic injury disaster loans, totaling $2,027,000
- 135 Individual and Family Grants have been approved, totaling $436,035
- 1,330 People have visited Disaster Recovery Centers.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance: The deadline is nearing for people to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Those interested in applying must do so at your local WorkOne Center by October 28. The program, which is administered by the state and funded by FEMA, is available to help individuals affected by the disaster who are not covered by regular unemployment insurance. Those interested should first call the FEMA toll-free application line at 1-800-621-FEMA, then apply at your local WorkOne Center. WorkOne Centers can be found by calling 1-888-WORKONE or going to the Dept. of Workforce Development web site at www.workforce.IN.gov.
Crisis Counseling has been made available for children and adults affected by the tornadoes and severe storms through a grant from FEMA to the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction. The program provides for individual and family therapy and culturally appropriate supportive counseling. People who have gone through a disaster such as a tornado may experience trouble sleeping, anxiety, irritability, depression and lack of concentration. Talking about disaster experiences and sharing feelings about them will help people feel better about what has happened. Those interested in crisis counseling services should call 1-800-344-8802. The phone line is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Disaster Legal Assistance: Another form of disaster assistance available to victims of the tornadoes and severe storms is legal advice provided by t...